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ALBANY, I I - OREGON.
Whit'i m Boy IJke 1
Like a Mp, like a sprite.
Like a goose, like an eel,
Like a top, like m kite.
Like an owl, like a wheel,
Like the wind, like a snsil,
Like a knife, like a crow,
Like a thorn, like a flU,
Like a bawk, like a doe.
Like the ees, like a weed, -
Like a watch, like the ion,
Like a cloud, like a seed,
Like a book, like a gun.
Like a smile, like a tree.
Like a lamb, like the moon,
Like a bud, like a bee, ,
Like a burr, like a tune.
Like a colt, ok a whip,
Like a mouse, like a mill,
lake a bill, like a ship,
Like a jay, like a rill,
Like a shower, bke a eat..
Like a frog, like a joy.
Like a ball, like a bat,
Most of all like a boy.
How at Schoolboy Got a Coning
Mr. Philip G. Ilemerton, , who seems
to be a genius, has tried his hand at a
story of boy-life,' and, if his work may
be judged by the specimen which we
quote, has succeeded in writing some
thing wonderfully fresh, faithful and
" taking." It may not be invidious to
assume that James Wade, the hero of
the following episode, was, in fact, Mr.
Hamerton himself. The whole chapter
is too long for our limits ; but we give
the best parts of it. Dr. Templeman
has occasion to punish James Wade,
and introduces him into his study.
" I have no doubt that James Wade
remembers that study just now where
ever he may be, and, if he lives to ex
treme old age, I have no doubt that he
will remember it still. He will always
retain a vivid impression of the mahog
any table, covered with morocco leath
er, the large, heavy easy-chair, the
book-cases in recesses on each side the
fire-place, the small marble bust of
Ctesar on the chimney-piece, and the
large bow-window that looked out upon
one of the quietest streets in Bram
bleby. - I : i
In one of the corners of the room
was a folding-screen. Wade remembers
the screen, too, very likely. - It had
some Chinese figures pasted on it
by some female relatives of the Doc
tor's. - -
" Dr. Templeman began by removing
his gown, which he laid on the easy
chair. Next he removed his coat, and
appeared in his shirt-sleeves. As is the
case with all powerfully-built men, the
Doctor looked stronger and stronger s
he divested himself of coverings. His
-gown gave him a gentle academic ap
pearance, and made you think of his
mental culture and attainments, but if
you had seen him as Wade did, in his
shirt-sleeves, your first thought would
.have been, I should not like that man
to give me a blow with his fist.'
" He put his hand behind the screen
with the Chinese figures, and drew
from thence a cane, which he examined
-carefully. The result of his examina
tion did not appear to be quite satis
factory, for he put the cane back and
rang the belL When the servant came,
he took a shilling out of his pocket, and
said, 'Go and buy me a new cane at the
saddler's, and tell him I want a par
ticularly good one this time. He knows
the sort' Then to Mr. Wade, 'Pray,
take a seat, Mr. Wade ; I am sorry to
have kept you standing.'
"They waited so a quarter of an
hour, the Doctor seated in his easy
-chair, tranquilly reading the newspaper.
Wade seated on the corner of one of the
other chairs with full leisure to meditate
-on what was going to happen. He was
not keenly sensible to rebuke, and
would have been difficult to make him
suffer morally, by any public disgrace,
but he did not like pain at all, and had
not much courage to endure. Had the
Doctor simply lectured him, and called
him a thief or a swindler before the
whole school, he would have borne it
easily enough, and eaten his dinner
after it as heartily as ever, but this new
cane was a different matter.
" At length he heard the step of the
servant on the stair. She tapped at the
-door, and entered with the new instru
ment of torture. " On sroiiiK out, she
cast a glance and; a smile at- Wade,
which he perceived to his displeasure.
But he had little time to think of any
body but the doctor.
"The newspaper was now cast aside,
and a fearful smile illuminated , the
Head Master's features,' as he grasped
the cane and examined it, v 'This will
do !' he said grimly. The fact is, he
deeply enjoyed the infliction of capital
punishment upon delinquents. It was
capital exercise, and his muscles en
joyed exercise, and, besides that, his
moral sense was satisfied by the idea
that a sinner got his deserts.
"Shall I describe Wade's punish
ment in all its details. No, I prefer to
pass over it rapdidly, not bnjoying these
-quite so much as Dr. Templeman did.
The infliction most have been very
sharp, for the howls of the victim were
audible all over the house.' j The Doc
tor worked himself np into a steadily
increasing fury, the cane-strokes be
came sharper and sharper, till at lcjih
Wade could endure it no longer, but
' opened the door , and rushed into the
dining-room, where there was a long
table laid for the boys dinner. v
"Ever body knows how difficult it is
to catch a boy when he has got a table
between him -arid his pursuer. One
boy may possibly catch another under
such Circumstances, but a man, es
pecially a bnky man, could never catch
a boy with such an advantage in his
favor. Wade perceived this at once,
and made the best possible use of the
table, which was a broad one as well as
a long , one ; and the Doctor, who ran
this way and that till he was out pi
breath, could no more get at his victim
than if the Thames flowed between
ttiem. He occasionally attempted a
stroke across the table, but never once
hit Wade ; all he did was to upset and
break two or three of his own glasses,
which did not add to his good humor.
"The boy began to reflect, however,
that his enesay would probably soon
call for assistance ; and, although one
man cannot catch a boy with a long
table to defend him, it is as easy as pos
sible for two men to do so. Therefore,
Wade first contrived to lead the Doctor
to that side of the table which was op
posite the door of the room, and, when
he himself was close to the door, he
suddenly bolted, slamming it after him.
In an instant he was in the playground,
though he had to descend a staircase
and open two other doors, but he took
care to shut these also.
Suddenly a bright idea entered Wade's
brain, under the influence of his excite
ment. There was a large copper in the
wash-house to boil linen in, a fixture,
built round with brick, and having a
fireplace under it. The copper had
also a wooden lid. What if he were to
get into the copper? Would it be big
enough to hold him ? The Doctor was
now within a few yards of - the wash
house, and if the copper was to be tried
at all it must be tried at once. There
was water in it two feet deep, but this
did not prevent Wade getting into the
copper and carefully drawing the lid
over his head. An instant after, the
Doctor was in the wash-house, followed
by two of the servants.
"I heard a noise in this place just
now!' said Dr. .Templeman. "'He
must be here! But, though he and
the servants sought with the very great
est care, they found no Wade ; for it
never occurred to them to lift up the
lid of his hiding-place.
" About 3 in the afternoon the
housekeeper and scullery-maid entered
the wash-house together. Patty,' said
the housekeeper, 'just you make a fire
under the copper, while I sort the
' Must I put any water in the cop
per ?' Patty inquired.
" 'No, not a drop. It's a more than
half full already, and if you were to put
in any more it would take too long to
" Wade heard Patty busy herself
about lighting the fire. Water and
metal are both excellent conductors of
sound, and every scratch of the shovel
and poker came up magnified in his
ears. ' Well, this is pleasant ! he
thought, now I am to be boiled like a
lobster ! However, on reflection, it
oocurred to him that it would be quite
time enough to get out of the copper
when the heat should become rather
too much of a good thing. Certainly it
would be a good thing in moderation,
as a relief from the terrible cold that
had become almost past endurance.
The first sensation of increasing
warmth was a luxury to James Wade,
ana tne luxury Decame more and more
agreeable as it grew more distinctly
perceptible. At length it reached such
a point that it was positively delightful.
Lake summer succeeding to a wintry
spring, it bathed him in a genial
warmth all the more heartily apprecia
ted for the wretched cold that had pre
ceded it. But the state of perfect bliss,
if ever it is attained by mortals, is well
known to be a very transient state, soon
succeeded by troubles and miseries of
some sort - or another. He was now
in tne run comfort ol an Jtng-
lish July, but he would not re
main there long. ' He resembled the
passengers on board a vessel bound for
the antipodes, which gets every hour
near to the Torrid Zone. But it is
amazing what an amount of heat the
human body is capable of supporting
when it is brought it by slow degrees.
Wade in his present position was a re
markable example of this, and, if any
scientific person had been present with
a thermometer, who knows but James
Wade might have become an interest
ing subject of discussion by the Boyal
Society or some other learned body ?
'The heat was still bearable, but
only just bearable. Wade was almost
suffocated by the steam, and the per
spiration ran from his face like the
dropping well at Knaresborough. At
length he came to the uttermost limit
of human endurance. ' I can bear this
no longer,' he thought, I must get
" Patty was just putting another shov
elful of coals into the fire, when the lid
of the copper ' suddenly stirred, then
slipped over the edge of the copper,
and fell to the ground with a loud
noise. Her amazement at this unex
pected phenomenon was much increased
when Mr. James Wade jumped out ot
his bath and stood erect on the floor of
the wash-house, streaming like a das
sical river-god. j i
"Patty screamed, and would no
doubt have fainted if she had belonged
to polite society and had nerves, but
the housekeeper did neither the one nor
the other. She only smiled.
" I thought you'd come but at last,
said the housekeeper, gand ? now you
mun go straight to bed, and 111 bring
ye a treacle possett, which is more nor
" Mother, mother, what shall I say if
I have been a bad boy ?"
"You should not stop to ask ques
tions, my son, while you are saying your
prayers," replied his mother.
" But, mother, I have been bad ; what
shall I say?"
" Ask God to forgive you ; but you
should say your prayers all through
when yon begin, without stopping."
His question was answered, 'he rever
ently folded his hands, and closing his
eyes continued :
"And will God forgive me for killing
a hoptoad with a big stick, and throw
ing it down a big hole ? Amen."
Children of a larger growth will do
well to copy.
A most unusual auction sale was the
one held in San Franciseo early in the
week, at which over $2,000,000 worth
of the vast estate of the benevolent and
tatill-living James lack, Esq., was dis
posed of, in oraer to secure money for
charitable purposes. The property sold
was given into the hands of trustees
last July, with the understanding that
it should be early converted into money,
and that the money should be used or
held in trust for purposes enumerated
in a will made at that time. The pur
poses specified in the will are of a re
markable nature. Seven hundred thou
sand dollars are to be devoted to the
construction of a powerful telescope to
be erected on the borders of Lake Ta
li oe, or elsewhere in California, the in
strument to be superior to and more
powerful than any other ever made.
This is to be constructed forthwith.
Three hundred thousand dollars are to
be used in the endowment of an edu
cational institution to be known as
"The California School of Mechanical
Arts," to be open to all students, male
or female, born in the State. Two hun
dred and fifty thousand dollars are to
be used in erecting a suitable mon
ment to the progress of California, and
$iou,uuu to do Honor in tne snape of a
monument to Francis Scott Key, the
author of the patriotic poem, the '"Star
Spangled Banner." One hundred and
fifty-three thousand dollars are to be
spent in giving free baths to San Fran
cisco, and 100,000 for establishing a
Home for Homeless Old Ladies. Other
gifts of smaller sums are set apart for
various charities, the noble giver re
taining only about $25,000 for himself
and his family. Any property that may
be left after ful filing the conditions of
the trust is set apart for various educa
tional purposes in the State.
The benefactor, James Lick, is a na
tive of Pennsylvania, and; made his
money first by piano-making, and lat
terly by the rise of real estate in San
AMERICAN BEEF IN ENGLAND.
English papers mention the arrival at
Liverpool of 270 head of cattle from
America, by steamer, to be disposed of
in the Liverpool market. The appear
ance of the cattle is spoken of as excel
lent ; they weighed from 1,800 to 2,000
lbs., and realized from 17 to 29 each.
The Liverpool butchers are anxious to
encourage the trade, and it is contem
plated to run a steamer to Gal way,
which would be a saving of time on the
SHEEP IN GERMANY.
, In the Practical Magazine of Au
gust, Dr. F. Springmuhl gives some
statistics pn the production of wool in
Germany, from which we learn that
there are 29,000,000 sheep in that coun
try, 14,000,000 of which are merinos,
7,000,000 of English and other foreign
breeds, and 8,000,000 of native sheep.
Part of the wool is exported to other
countries, and the remainder manufac
tured, principally in Silesia, Saxony and
increase the draft of the machine more
than is imagined. At a trial of reapers
by the American Institute, at Pough
keepsie, it was found by a careful dyna
mometer test that the draft of each
machine was nearly one-third greater
when the knives were dull, and in this
test the knives were only moderately
dull, having been used to mow only one
acre. It is important therefore to keep
the knives sharp. : Any one can prove
the truth of this statement by himself
trying a sharp and then a dull scythe.
He will declare that there is even more
than one-third difference.
A MONSTER IN A CANADIAN MI VSR.
On Friday last, as Mr. R. Young, ac
companied by two young ladies, was
rowing in a boat on the Ottawa, a little
below the mouth of the'' Madawaska, he
saw what appeared to be a ledge of
rocks standing out of the water. Never
having observed anything of the kind
in the same place before, though famil
iar with the spot, he was curious to
ascertain what it' was. On approaching
the object for this purpose, it began to
move, its progress being Sinuous and
wavy, like that of a huge serpent, while
the water along its course was splashed
about in a way that seemed truly alarm
ing, the wake it left behind being like
that caused by an ordinary steamer.
The monster, for such it seemed, was
about fifteen feet long, and at its lar
gest girth appeared to be about the size
of a common butter firkin. Mr.-Young,
who had his rifle along, would have
fired at the creature had it not been for
the young ladies, who became terrified,
causing him at once to give up the pur
suit. Since the appearance of this
mysterious visitant, 'many stories of
huge snakes and other monsters that
have from time to time been seen in
the Ottawa have been revived. Mr.
Carmichael, of the Calumet, tells of a
snake which he saw killed there, about
forty years ago, which measured nine
feet in length and had a mane. An
other report speaks of - a snake thirteen
feet long, killed some years ago at Por-tage-du-Fort.
is rife as to the nature of the creature
seen by Mr, Young, but as yet no one
has been able to give a satisfactory ac
count of it. Arnprior (Out.) Review.
? JPreddjr'a Prayer. '
A bright-eyed boy of four years was
saying his prayers the other night to
his mother, and withTus hands folded
and eyes closed, he sweetly said :
" Now I lay me dewn to slcsp, -',--.
I pray the lord my soul to keep ;
If should dls before I wake, '
v I pray the fjord my soul to take,
God bleu p4pa, mamma, and"
, He stopped all at once, opened his
eyes, and exclaimed :
A few evenings since some ladies be
longing to a church in Allegheny City
had a private meetingin the vestry-room.
If they had gone away when their con
ference was over, either home or to some
neighboring saloon, as men would have
done,' they would have met with no
such . melancholy accident as befell
them. But no they had to go spook
ing around the church in the dark, try
ing to frighten each other, and then
they were caught in a trap. The jani-
tress, thiirtfmg they had gone home,
locked tfp and left. Here was a situa
tion. Twenty ladies locked no in a
church for the night, and no knowing
how ' much longer, and everything
ghostly around them ! They raised
their sweet voices far above the conver
sation pitch, but the concert had no
visible effect outside. In the meantime
what would husbands and fathers
think? One young lady about mid
night managed to crawl out of a flue
like a chimney-sweep, and raised an
alarm, which brought the sexton with
his keys. It is worthy of remark that
not one of those good women thought
of prayer as a means f deliverance, al
though the place ought to have sug
gested it. They just screamed for some
man to come and help them.
The buzz-saw hasn't been coming up
to the scratch lately, and the kerosene
can's lethargy is condemned by every
FINE AND COABSB HAT.
Producers are sometimes puzzled to
know why city buyers generally ask for
coarse, well-matured hay in preference
to the more tender, and, in reality,
re nutritious kinds. The Live Stock
Journal thus enlightens th6m : " City
men feed hay for a different purpose
than the farmer. The farmer feeds it
for its nutriment and as a principal
food, while the city man regards grain
as the cheapest food, and only gives
sufficient hay to make bulk in the
stomach, and for the purpose of health.
Coarse, well-matured timothy serves
this purpose better than the early cut
and fine grasses. They do not desire
such hay as will tempt the horses to eat
too much' of it. Straw would answer
this purpose, if cut and mixed with the
grain, about as. well. But farmers
should be content with this practice of
the city customer, for it enables them
to sell their poorest hay for the best
price, and to retain the best quality for
An English gardener writes that from
one pound of seed potatoes of the kind
known as the Vermont Beauty, he
raised 234 pounds, all sound, fair sized
potatoes, averaging 14 ounces each.
W. Brown & Son, of Derby, says tbe
Vermont Beauty is an exception to
American potatoes, as they feel confi
dent a better cooking potato was never
grown, being beautifully white, per
fectly dry and mealy. One of the
tubers which they grew the past season
weighed three pounds two ounces, and
two and a half pounds of seed
yielded 198 pounds of crop.
' THE. CHBSTBJs W H I TIM.
A. Hyde, in the New York Times, dis
cussing white hogs, says : " Discard
ing the black breeds altogether, we
commenced on the Chester Whites, as
there is no mistake that some of this
breed, if it can be called a breed, are
fine animals. They are hardy and
large, feed well, and furnish a large
amount of pork for the food consumed.
They cannot, however, bex called thor
oughbreds. The pigs are not certain
to inherit the good form and other
qualities of the boar and sow, and
there is a great want of uniformity in
the same litter. Some are good and
others not worth raising. They are
also too long in coming to maturity.
We want pig-pork, not old hog pork.
A pig that is ready for the shambles at
nine months is more palatable and
more economical than one that we must
wait upon for twice this length of
What if the Canada thistle, scorned,
hacked at, hoed up, plowed down,
poisoned, despitefully belabored by
million tongues and pens, should, after
all, prove to be, as it were, a veritable
angel in disguise, and rise in judgment
to prick in vital parts the army of ob
tuse husbandmen who failed to recog
nize its merits ? Yet if may be. It is
possible there is more in it and of it
than is dreamed of in our agricultural
philosophy. Only a little while ago we
had the report that a farmer in New
Zealand had discovered that, no crop is
better to prepare the surface for grass
than one of thistles ; that they will kill
the ferns, clean the soil, and in three
years die out themselves, leaving the
land in the best condition. - And now a
farmer in Canada claims that a heavy
crop of thistles turned under is in
point of fact more Valuable than clover
to prepare the -ground for wheat. iV.
DECOMPOSITION OF EGGS.
According to Mr. William Thompson,
of Manchester, the decomposition of
eggs may be brought about by any one
of three different agencies., The first,
which he terms " putrid cell," is gener
ated from the yelk, this swelling and
absorbing or mixing entirely with the
white, and ending with a true putrif ac
tion, -i , The Becond is that of the vibrio,
the germs of which (floating as they do
through the atmosphere), when settling
on the moist surface of an egg, readily
penetrate into it, and set in motion the
tmtref active condition : but when the
shell is dry such penetration is impos
sible. The third is a fungus decom
position, in which the spores penetrate
within the shell as before, sending fila
ments through the egg and converting
tne white into the consistency of
strong jelly, the filaments being some
times so abundant as to cause the
whole contents to resemble a hard-
Cobn Meal Pie Cbtjst. For squash
or custard pies. Butter , the plates.
Sprinkle meal over. Fill as usual-f-pass
the thumb around the edge to push the
meal to the liquid. This makes a per
Cbisped Potatoes. Boil potatoes
till about half cooked, then peel and
bake or crisp them in a hot oven.
Buns. Mir one pound and a half of
dried flour, one quarter of a pound of
sugar, melt six ounces of butter in a
little warm milk, a spoonful of yeast,
half a pound of currants, washed and
dried ; mix the whole in a light dough,
keep it warm till it rises. . ;
Indian Pudding Extba Good. Two
teacups of corn meal, ! half a cup of
superfine flour, one cup of sirup, half a
teaspoon of salt. ' Scald three quarts of
milk and stir into the above. Let it
stand half an hour stir it again. . Bake
quickly until it boils, then slowly about
Fetjit ' Cobn Cakes. Put a pint , of
whortleberries in a bowL add a teacup
f ol of sugar, one pint of corn meal and
a large tablespoonf ul of fine flour, wet
with boiling water. Bake in cakes
about one-half an inch thiok on a grid
die or in an oven twenty minutes. For
nice apple cakes use sweet and tart
apples chopped, instead of berries.
Apple Jelly. Uut your apples in
quarters (do not pare or core them), dip
each quarter into clear water, and put
them into a jar to cook in the oven until
quite tender ; then strain the juice as
usual, and boil with a pound of sugar to
pint of juice. The most delicious
jelly will be the result, with the full
pure flavor of the apples heightened by
the cores having been left in, and not
spoilt by the objectionable addition of
lemon-peel and juice.
Stewed apples. .feel and core six
apples, put the cores and parings into a
quart of water, and simmer gently,
Strain off, and pour the liquid over the
apples, adding the juice of half a lemon,
and three ounces of white sugar. Boil
gently till the apples are quite tender,
then turn out into a basin, and beat up
with a fork, gradually adding about a
teacupful of cream. When the whole
is about the consistency ot cream, pile
np in a glass dish, and put away in a
cool place. Whipped cream or the
whites of eggs, well whisked, may be
put over the top before serving.
KENT VCKT ANTI-D HELLING
The decision of the Kentucky State
Board of Canvassers in the case of
Capt. Thos. Lu Jones, elected Clerk of
the Court of Appeals last August, is
highly creditable to the integrity of the
board and advantageous to the cause of
good morals. Jones, who is a Demo
crat, and a very popular one-armed ex-
confederate, was chosen Clerk of the
Court of Appeals over Cochrane, Repub
lican, by a majority of over forty thou
sand. Several years ago he had a diffi
culty with a fellow-townsman, which
led to a challenge from his adversary.
This challenge was not formally ac
cepted, though it was virtually, for the
preliminaries for the fight were ar
ranged by Jones' second with Jones'
approval. After the election of August
last, Cochrane, the defeated candidate,
claimed the certificate of election on the
ground that Jones was disqualified for
the office, because of his acceptance of
a challenge to fight a duel. Jones re
lied on the fact that he had carefully
avoided a formal acceptance as his jus
tification. The board of canvassers.
however, though all Democrats and
friends of Jones, take the adverse view,
and decide not to give the certificate to
him. They refuse it to Cochrane, also,
for the very good reason that he was not
elected. It is probable that the dis
appointed Clerk elect will ask he Court
of Appeals for a mandamus against -the
board, in which case their action will
be exhaustively reviewed by the highest
State tribunal. -
STYLE IN AFRICA .
Who would suppose that a wild Afri
can, whose only dress is a piece of skin,
would trouble himself about fashions ?
To be sure, he feels no interest in the
style of coats or hats, but he is just as
much absorbed in the great business of
adorning himself as though he followed
the fashions of Paris. Curious styles
he has too, as a German traveler has
lately told us.
To begin with, the hair is the object
of his greatest care. Its training be
gins in the cradle, or would if he had
a cradle, when it is tortured into some
extraordinary form, and kept there by
means of gum-arabic and ashes, till af
ter long years it will retain the shape of
itself. Sometimes it is like a cooks
comb, and sometimes like a fan. One
ppor baby's hair will be trained so that
in time it will stand up in rolls over the
head, like the ridges on a melon, while
another's is taught to stand out like
the rays of the sun, as usually repre
sented in pictures. With some Africans,
part of it hangs down in long, regular
braids or twists, and the rest is laid up
in monstrous puffs on each side of the
head. But the drollest one of all is
made to look like the glory around the
head of a saint in pictures. The hair
is taken in single locks, stretched out to
its fullest length, and fastened at the
ends to a hoop. The hoop is held in
place by strong wires, and its edges or
namented with small shells. The ef
iect is very comical.
In most of these wonderf uFarrange-
ments the hair is parted in the middle
(I wonder if our young gentlemen im
ported . that style from Africa), and is
kept in place by plenty of gum and
ashes, or clay. .
All this elaborate hair-dressing is on
the heads of the men. The women of
the country wear their hair in the sim
plest manner, perhaps for the reason
that the wife does the cooking, culti
vates the land, adorns the body of her
husband with paint, and dresses his
hair, which must be enough to keep her
time well occupied.
His hair once dressed, this African
dandy turns his mind to the further
decoration of his body. First he subs
his shining skin with a mixture of grease
and ashes, or powdered wood of red
color, puts on his scanty garment, made
of the skin of some animal, or of bark.
occasionally trimmed with the long black
tail of a monkey or other animal, and
then he is ready for his ornaments.
Across his forehead, just under the
edge of his hair, like a fringe,
he hangs a string of teeth. They
may be teeth of dogs or other ani
mal, or if he is a great warrior, of his
Next he adorns his breast with an or
nament made of ivory, cut to resemble
lions' teeth,' and spread out in star-
shape. Around his neck he hangs sev
eral necklaces made of strips of skin cut
from the hippopotamus, and finishes up
with paint in various styles : dots, or
stripes, or zigzags, squares like
checker-board," or marbled all over.
- s TOBACCO. , V v
The sons published In your paper of October
16th, under the head of " Nicotian," beginning
Tobacco is an Indian weed,"
recalls an earlier, and, as I beliera, the original ver
sion, familiar to me for thirty years or more.' Its
terse qoaintness la almost destroyed in the feeblo
amplification given by your Western correspondent.
It dates, I think, from the seventeenth century,
and runs thus:
This Indian weed, now wither'd quite.
Too" green at noon, cut down at night,'
" Shows thy decay ;
1 All flesh is hay J.' ''
Thus think, and smoke tobsooo. - ;
The pipe, so lily-like and weak, . ...
Does thus thy mortal state bespeak, -,
. , Thou art er'n such, i
' Gone with a touch .
Thus think, and smoke tobaooo. . .
And when ths smoke ascends on high,
. Then thou beholdst the Tanity
Of worldly stuff, f
jOoae with puff
. Thus think, and smoke tobaooo.
And seestthe ashes cast away ; 1
Then to thyself thou maytct say,
' Betorn thou must
Thus think, and smoke tobaooo.
And when the pipe grows foul within, I
Think on thy soul defil'd within,
For then the fire
It does require '
Thus think, and smoks tobacco. '
K. Y. Evening Pott.
Fortune's changes are well illustrated
in a town in the western part of Massa
chusetts. A few years since a house, not
noticeable for its excellence and sur
reundings, situated in a retired street,
was the abode of a man who endeavored
to eke out a sustenance in boot-mak
ing. The world seemed to use him
hard. He never appeared to have a
sufficiency of food or money. How he
lived was a source of wonderment to
his neighbors. To-day the same gen
tleman anves ms span oi oays, owns a
nice and pleasantly-located residence,
and has all he can do in the practice of
his profession, viz., that of a clairvoy
ant doctor. His house is full of pa
tients, and has become a medical insti
tute of no mere local repute. The
number of remarkable cures is many,
and the tide of - prosperity seems to fa
vor him. Fortune sometimes recoils.
Here is an instance : A young lady
who used to grace the fashionable par
lors of the place, and preside at a $700
piano with becoming dignity, now mod
estly waits on the table at one of the
large hotels, and occasionally surprises
the guests with a remarkable perform
ance on the piano when music is wanted
for a hop. The late money corner ex
plains the secret. ; -
Flakes of gold in your writing paper
will indicate that t came from the' Val
ley Mills in Holyoke, wnete a workman
dropped his watch into the rag-grinding
machine and it was instantly powdered.
A REMARKABLE ADVENTURE.
About five weeks ago a son of Dr. W.
H. Eldridge, of this district, suddenly
disappeared, and was not heard from
until last Saturday. The boy says that
on the evening of October 19, as he
was leaving the apothecary store on
Bunker Hill street, where he was em
ployed, he was approached by a man
who informed him that a fire was raging
in the vicinity of Chelsea bridge, and
asked him to go down and see it. Ar
riving at the bridge no fire was to be
seen, and when just on the point of re
turning he was seized around the neck
by the man, who choked him until he
became unconscious, robbed him, and
then threw him over the railing into
the waters of the Mystic. The chill
which the plunge into the river gave to
his system restored him so that he was
able .to attempt to save himself. The
tide was running out, and he, "being a
skillful swimmer, kept from drowning,
and floated down the stream until op
posite East Boston, where a friendly
spar, which was floating in the water,
came near to him, and gaining this he
floated out to sea. He subsequently
became unconscious, and when he ral
lied again he was out of sight of land,
still clinging to the log. After remain
ing in the water nineteen hours, he was
rescued by a brig bound for Greenland,
and as he did not care to visit that
country he was placed on board an
English steamer, the name of which he
states was the Norman, and carried to
Liverpool. He improved the first op
portunity to return home in the steamer
Smyrna, whioh arrived at this port last
Saturday. Boston Globe.
DIED A T HIS POST.
A story is told of an engineer on the
Union Paoifio railroad who ran a race
with at the rate of forty miles an hour.
and won by five seconds. He was
driving the passenger train west, and
was taken suddenly and seriously ill.
He seemed to be aware that death was
near, yet the train must reach Cheyenne
before he could be relieved. That was
the end of his route. He increased the
speed of the engine and ran for life.
Forty miles an hour saved his distance.
He reached Cheyenne ahead of time,
and when the engineer who was to re
lieve him stepped aboard the engine he
faintly gasped : " Take the engine ;
I'm ready to die now." In five seconds
he was a corpse. If death had stepped
aboard before the other engineer, what
would have been the consequence to the
passengers? Bat they did not see the grim
specter ' running the engine, like a
phantom train. It was a very close
shave, and is a frightf al instance of a
man remaining at the post of duty just
A bootless enterprise Going
fOOt."'- , .
The chasm that swallows up
V Mi Sunday evening mail" is what
she calls him in Detroit.
To cube deafness Tell a many you've
come to pay him money.
Young folks grow most when in love.
It increases their sighs wonderfully.
Thebb are various "stations in life, but
the least desirable is a police station.
Bachelobio exclamation : " A lass !
Maidenly exclamation : " Ah, men !'
You may brag as you please of the
red, red rose. But redder, by far, is an
Omaha nose. .
A toung lady (at thepostoffice : " If
I don't get a letter by this mail, I want
to know what he was doing Sunday,
A builder, when returning thanks to
those who drank his health, modestly
observed that he was " more fitted for
the scaffold than public speaking.
It is related of Poussin that, being:
shown a picture by a person of rank, he
remarked : " You only want a little pov
erty, sir, to make you a good painter.
Gbacb Gbeenwood doesn't believe in
liquor as a beverage, but she says there
is something pleasant in drinking just
enough wine to make one feel at peace)
with all the world.
"Vsx some man slaps me on der
shoulder und says : ' I vas glad to hear
you vas so veil,' und den sticks pehindV
my back his fingers to his nose, I hex
my opinion of dat veller.
As old lady, on hearing that a young1
friend had lost his place on account of
a misdemeanor, exclaimed, "Miss De
meanor I Lost his place on account of
Miss-Demeanor! Well, well, I'm afraid
It's too true that there's alius a woman
at the bottom of a man's difficulties."
SAWS BT OUB OWN SAWTXB.'
Empty tubs by ths noise of their ring tell thetaT
- state, 1
Empty heads by their wordy,' dogmatical prate ;
Empty Jars are prepared any wares to reosdTe,
Empty nunda any folly or tale to believe ; -Corn
perks np its bead when tis empty of grain.
And conceit makes the idle pragmatic and rain;
Empty houses are places for Termin to breed in ,
Empty brains for suggestions of Satan to seed in;
Empty rooms are so oold that they give ua chill.
Empty hearts are so selfish they sympathy US ;
Empty sacks cannot long stiff and upright remain;
Nor long undetervezs their credit maintain.
TBEDEFA XTLTIN& MIS80 XJRI GRAN OX
A St. Iiouis letter to the Chicago Inter-
Ocean says : 'The startling fact was
published a number of days ago that
the Treasurer of the Missouri State
Grange, Mr. Quisenberry, was a de
faulter to the extent of the entire
amount in the treasury at that. time.
viz., $20,000. Quisenberry has been
making determined efforts to secure to
the grange the amount for which he
was unable to aocount, and it is now
understood that the organization is
properly secured. The following notice
has been published :
To the Grangers of Missouri :
On account of the recently published no
tices in regard to tb6 condition of the treasury
of the Missouri State Orange, it becomes our
duty to inform the Patrons of IfiaMuri.tbat
while all ths money belonging to the treasury
is not at Dreamt avaJImhla. wo ham unnriiiM
(real and personal) for more than the amount.;
due, whioh we believe to be sufficient to pre
vent any lose. We earnestly hope that Patron
will not accept tbe many rumors now being;
circulated as true, but await the reception of
the Executive Committee's circular, when the
facts will be given.
'1. Ji. axjurw,
Master Missouri State Grange.
R. 3. BOAOHZB,
Chairman of the Executive Committee.
'-. - W. M. Fbick,
Member Executira Committee.
' Much bitterness is expressed against
Quisenberry by the farmers of the
State, i It is conceded by leading:
Grangers that the exposures o earning
their Treasurer have injured the order
and very much crippled its power for
usefulness in the future.
The fourth of a man-ter.
The New York Arcadian, a literary
and dramatic weekly of orignality and
ability, has changed its shape. It has
oome out in a piotoral garb, with cuts
from pencil as well as pen. Its lists of
artists is as follows: " Our heads will be
drawn by Heade, our pleasing faces by
Smilie, ugly ones by Guy, chignons by
Blaoklock, conflagrations . by Burns,
rivers by Poole, places of wor ship by
Church, fairies by Fay, provisions by
Baker, interiors by Hart, cupboards by
Old Hubbard, snow storms by Frost
Johnson, bucolics by Swain, woods by
Deforest, meadows by Field, sheriffs
by Marshall, feathered songsters by
Martin, metals by Nicoll, games by
Piquet, weapons by Sword, tricks by
Wiles and our donkeys by DeHaas.'